Thought for the Week

29 Jan 2018

Racial Justice Sunday 2018

Yesterday the Church commemorated Racial Justice Sunday.  On this day as part of the normal celebration of Mass all Catholics were asked to pray for all those who have suffered or who are currently suffering unjust and unfair treatment because of their race or ethnicity.

We pray for all those who feel excluded and have suffered discrimination.  We are all brothers and sisters together and we are to treat each other fairly and with respect, courtesy and dignity.

As Christians we are to strive to be like the Lord Jesus as we seek every day to follow His example.  He was One who welcomed all and who treated all with kindness and respect, even when they treated Him unfairly.  May we be welcoming to all who join us in our parish communities whatever their ethnic, cultural or racial background.

The Lord sees all of us as part of His wider family and we are to remember that whatever we do to the ‘least of these brothers and sisters of His’ we are doing it to Him. (cf. Matthew 25:40)

Over the next week, let us pray that ‘The Lord’s justice may flourish till the moon fails’ Psalm 71:1 and that we shall welcome all as Christ Himself when we meet others. Let us also pray that we may be peacemakers and people of integrity and justice.

Our prayer:

Father, may our human family not become separated from You by building barriers of race or colour, religion or class.  Inspire us to recognise that we are all made in Your image and likeness so that we may grow in appreciation of all people and encourage each other to grow in pride in who we are and who we are called to be.   May we recognise Your Son in our midst, and live truly as brothers and sisters.  Amen.

A prayer by Brother Nicholas Hutchinson FSC   Source: Praying every day of the year January-April (15th January entry)